Robert Young, Nelson Mandela And An Empty .410

Robert Young publicity photo C/f Wikipedia

Until this particular day.

The stark fear came when one of them pulled a switchblade.

Nowhere else to run. And the muffler crisscrossing behind us, street by street. Hunting us.

I gave silent thanks to Robert Young, the actor.

Given my utter frustration about the to-me iconic line about an empty gun retaining authority, my erudite friend mentioned something called The Mandela Effect.

That long-ago Florida day was certainly full of trauma and stress, not to mention outright terror. But everything as recounted, from firecrackers to empty .410, actually occurred. These are the postscripts:

I still maintain Robert Young’s gunfighter showed me the way out of a terrifying situation. So I hereby cast the tale on Medium waters, just in case somebody else had some version of my personal Mandela moment.



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Bill Burkett

Bill Burkett

Professional writer, Pacific Northwest. 20 Books: “Sleeping Planet” 1964 to “Venus Mons Iliad” 2018–19. Most on Amazon for sale. Il faut d’abord durer.